Orthodontic treatment is the road to straight and happy teeth. But no journey is complete without pain or discomfort. This holds true for successful orthodontic treatment as well. Mild tightness is normal after the delivery of the orthodontic appliance, but there are many things that can be done to alleviate the pain and discomfort.
Your dentist can prescribe painkillers if the pain is more than mild. Medicines like paracetamol and ibuprofen are used for this purpose.
A soft diet is recommended for the first few days to avoid extra pressure on the teeth and gums.
It is normal to develop mouth ulcers within the first few weeks of treatment. This occurs due to the friction between the brackets and the soft oral mucosa. Your orthodontist can advise some dental wax which can be applied over the brackets that cause discomfort. Simultaneously, avoid touching the ulcers with your fingers and tongue. Avoid any acidic foods and drinks such as sodas, fruit juices, acidic fruits, spicy foods, etc. These will only irritate the ulcers more.
Your lips and gums may also be tender and sore due to the friction and roughness of the appliance. Mouth rinses and frequent warm saline gargles aid in quicker healing. Oral anesthetic gels can also be directly applied to areas of pain. These gels are most useful before consuming a meal or going to bed.
All symptoms will subside with time, but sometimes adjustments (like filing of rough parts of the appliance) are required. Additional oral care and frequent dental checkups are required for a positive outcome.